Early in August, it was reported that Washington Redskins second-year guard Adam Gettis would miss time due to a mildly sprained hamstring. As training camps have progressed and the 2013 NFL preseason is now underway, it seems as though the Redskins do not have to worry about Gettis’ health.
Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan commented that Gettis was only expected to miss a couple of days. Gettis himself tweeted, “Minor setback. Be back this week.”
Gettis returned to practice on August 5 after barely missing any time at all. This injury may seem minor, but after starting guard Chris Chester was injured early last preseason, the Redskins needed Gettis to be healthy and fill in for the injured starter. Obviously, the Redskins do not want a repeat of last year’s injury problems.
In 2013, Gettis will still get an opportunity to play despite all of the guards being healthy. As the second RG, he will see plenty of plays when Chester is in need of rest. Also, Chester is a versatile player who could eventually move to center if needed. This would also allow Gettis the chance to earn more snaps with the starting offensive line.
On May 5 of 2012, Gettis was signed to a four-year contract. While he is not one of the top prospects for the Redskins, he is a developmental player that coaches will try to mold into a solid backup. With so many questions about superstar QB Robert Griffin III‘s health, it is obvious the Redskins want not only a healthy starting line, but also capable backups. Gettis is one of those backups.